One of the founders of Dot TK, Balder Alofs, passed away earlier today (February 27th 2007) at 30 years old.
As a sportsman, he was running on the streets of Amsterdam, when he suffered an aneurysm last Thursday night. Direct help and resuscitation brought him into hospital. Here he was operated on and later, fell into a coma. Tragically he didn't survive and early Tuesday morning, he passed away. His aneurysm could not be predicted. One of the veins in his brain seemed to be extremely thin, meaning this could have happened 10 years ago or in 40 years time.
From Joost Zuurbier:
Balder's job with Dot TK was for me something aside. He was a true best friend that was always ready to help, and react positively to everything that came his way. I remember with great joy and happiness all the laughter we shared in Amsterdam; the many times we went for dinner together, our travels to Turkey, Tokelau, Egypt and Tenerife and our joint diving experiences where we were swimming between the sea turtles and dolphins. Life is too short, and very fragile. Carpe diem. His death came as a big shock. But with his positive mind, his energy and his lust for life in mind, I will continue to do my best for Dot TK and for all the family and friends I have. So long Balder, probably see you somewhere, sometime, between Heaven and earth. In the meantime: keep a good eye on yourself. We will do the same. Joost.
From Daniel Chan:
Balder Alofs has been a great influence to everyone around him. Balder was a real hero, a fighter who didn't easily give up and also inspired everyone to join in and fight. His positive attitude in life was a great asset that will be sadly missed.
In the strength of his life he enjoyed every moment and lived to get the most out of life. Unfortunately death is also part of it. We grieve deeply for this lost. We lost a beloved friend.
From Maurice van der Meer:
Dear Balder. We have been colleagues for a few years. In those years we have worked on several different projects, where the Dot TK project was the biggest. In those few years you always were very open-minded to new things. Together with Joost we thought of new projects and with every project you were positive and eager to make them happen.
Now, literally days before we were going to make the United Kingdom rename the Internet, we have to let you go. It's just so unfair! Although it will be tough, we will try to complete the project in your spirit so you can be proud of us, the way we were of you. Thanks for everything Balder.
From Lucy Aplin:
Balder was a warm, funny and ambitious colleague and friend. We had so many good times whilst working together and I'll always remember him as being full of laughter and life. He will be sadly missed by all who had the pleasure of knowing him.
All of us at Dot TK wish his family and friends a lot of strength at this time.